Definitions of Denial

  • Pretending something does not exist when in reality it does.

  • Being willing to admit there is a problem, but unwilling to see the severity of it.

  • Seeing the problem as being caused by something or someone else. The behavior is not denied, but its cause is someone else's responsibility.

  • Offering excuses, alibis, justifications, and other explanations for behavior.

  • Dealing with the problem on a general level; avoiding personal and emotional awareness of the situations or conditions.

  • Changing the subject to avoid threatening topics.

  • Becoming angry and irritable when reference is made to the condition. This helps to avoid the issue.

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